A cold drive this morning, honked at every green car I saw. Kind of spooking them a bit I believe. Question, why do people drive 70 in an 80 zone? Can never figure that out. On to today’s songbook.
A bit of country today, although it is getting hard to call country, country these days. More like bluesy rock nowadays. At any rate, we have The Lone Bellow playing “Take My Love” from their 2015 album, “Then Came the Morning”.
As I guiltily go through my email, I find material that I wished I’d listened to when I should have, This is one of those occasions. I received an email promoting Marta in March of 2014 and am just now getting to it. My apologies to her and to you, the reader. Marta Pacek is an Australian ex-pat (born in Poland)who now makes her home in Toronto, Canada, with a few stops in NYC. A very roundabout way to becoming an alt-country-folk-swing singer and songwriter. The song, “Nothing Going On” is a great tune, worthy of some attention. I thoroughly enjoyed this song and hope that the reader will explore her music at the links I have conveniently placed in the post. Enjoy.
I first heard this band, the Lone Bellow, from another one of my sources for new music, this being the iTunes free single of the week. Don’t know if this happens in other countries, but in Canada they give away a song every week. I religiously download it without listening. If I like it great, it stays, if not, I will search them out on YouTube and elsewhere to confirm or refute my thinking. Chalk this one up as a refute. I did NOT like the freebie, but found that I liked pretty much everything else they did. The band is a Brooklyn trio, and they show a powerful country rock variant that can easily cross over into pop, rock, roots or folk. As an aside, is it my imagination, or is New York City, England and Canada beginning to dominate the new music scene. It seems everything I have brought up here, has come from these places. No matter, good is good.
Another part of music history has passed on. Chris Ethridge, bass player, passed away on April 23. He was 65. He was suffering with pancreatic cancer Check out this list of players and bands he worked with, but first, note that he was the bassist for The Flying Burrito Brothers with Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman. These guys pretty much created the country-rock genre of music. Chris wrote several songs with the band.